Cubs Use SF to defeat SF
Jae-Hoon Ha hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the 7th to break a 1-1 tie and the Cubs scored two more times in the 9th, en route to a 4-1 victory overv the Giants in AZ Instructional League action this afternoon at Indian School Park Field #2 in Scottsdale.
RHP Thomas Diamond got the start for the Cubs and allowed just one run. He was in trouble in all three innings, however, squirming out of a one-out bases-loaded jam in his last inning of work by getting a pop-up and a FC grounder to end the inning.
RHP Rafael Dolis followed Diamond to the hill and also escaped potential damage, by getting two weak ground outs with runners on 2nd & 3rd and one out in the 4th.
And RHP Eduardo Figueroa worked out of trouble in the 7th, striking out the side with a runner at 3rd base.
The Cubs scored four runs, but didn't break any windows doing it. Down 1-0 in the 5th, the Cubs tied it up when Sergio Burruel hit into a 4-6-3 DP after the Cubs loaded the bases with no outs on a Richard Jones single, a Runey Davis double, and a HBP.
The Cubs took the lead in the 7th, when Davis drew a lead-off walk, stole second, advanced to 3rd on a ground out, and scored on the Ha sac fly.
The Cubs completed their scoring in the 9th, plating two runs. Jovan Rosa broke out of his Instructs slump, slamming a lead-off pinch-hit double to the right-centerfield fence. and then pinch-runner Logan Watkins advanced to third on a fly out. Watkins scored on a Brett Jackson FC grounder (Watkins beat the throw home), and after Jackson swiped second and Ha walked, Jackson scored on a error by the Giants first-baseman, who threw a potential inning-ending DP ball into LF.
The Cubs managed only six hits today, but they benefiited from improved patience at the plate, drawing eight walks, plus one HBP (Blair Springfield, who left the game after being hit on the arm by a pitch in the top of the 5th).
Also, 3B Pin-Chieh Chen and SS Hak-Ju Lee escaped serious injury when the two infielders collided while going after a ground ball between 2nd and 3rd in the bottom of the 3rd inning. At first it appeared that Lee sustained a right thumb injury, but he remained in the lineup and finished the game.
Here is today's abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Hak-Ju Lee, SS: 0-5 (1-3, F-9, 4-6-3 DP, K, 5-3)
2. Matt Cerda, 2B-3B: 0-2 (K, 6-3, BB, BB)
3. Brandon Guyer, CF: 0-2 (5-3, F-9, BB, BB), PO
4. Justin Bour, DH-1B: 1-4 (3-U, K, 1B, K)
5a. Richard Jones, 1B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, 6-4 FC), R
5b. Jovan Rosa, PH: 1-1 (2B)
5c. Logan Watkins, PR: 0-0, R
6. Runey Davis, DH #2: 1-3 (F-7, 2B, BB, F-8), R, SB
7a. Blair Springfield, LF: 0-1 (E-4, HBP)
7b. Brett Jackson, LF: 0-2 (3-U, FC), R, RBI, SB
8a. Sergio Burruel, C: 0-2 (4-3, 4-6-3 DP)
8b. Jae-Hoon Ha, C: 0-0 (F-7 SF, BB), RBI
9a. Pin-Chieh Chen, 3B: 0-2 (L-8, P-6)
9b. Wes Darvill, 2B: 0-1, (BB, FC+E3), SB
10. Kyung-Min Na, RF: 1-3 (1B, BB, P-5, 3-1)
1. Thomas Diamond - 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2/5 GO/FO, 53 pitches (36 strikes)
2. Rafael Dolis - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GO/FO, 29 pitches (21 strikes)
3. Eduardo Figueroa - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 BALK, 1/2 GO/FO, 31 pitches (19 strikes)
4. Hector Mayora - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 7 pitches (6 strikes)
5. Steve Grife - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB,1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 9 pitches (8 strikes)
Sergio Burruel - 0-1 CS
BASERUNNING: Kyung-Min Na was thrown out 7-4 trying to stretch a single into a double wth one out in the top of the 3rd inning.
WEATHER: 80 & sunny
Please be Noah Syndergaard and Andrew McCutchen...
Joking. I really like Andrew McCutchen. ...
Wow -- no Soler today, despite begin short of OF. As Baez's star rises, Jorge's has dimmed considerably.
"OTL: More PED busts coming from Major League Baseball"
Don't be a Cub, don't be a Cub, don't be a Cub!!!
Sorry typing too fast.
I think while I get what you're saying with moving around a lot of baseball is very rhythm based and for many players moving around a lot could disrupt that. It's the same reason many players aren't cut out for phing or dhing since they need to be in the rhythm of the game to hit.
Of course then you have players like LaStella who are terrible as starters and should only PH. Really hope Madden doesn't get enthralled with him starting too much.
The players are required to perform with minimal thinking, relying on reflex, reaction, and muscle memory (or, as you say, rhythm). I think this point of view doesn't lend itself well to changing things up. Wearing Zany suits, on the other hand, does sound like fun and definitely keeps things interesting.
Scared me for a minute with your anagram for "Almora".
KKVG: Among the players at Extended Spring Training, Isaac Paredes is the most-impressive position-player from the Cubs 2015-16 IFA class (I'm not including OF Eddy Julio Martinez, because he skipped EXST and began the season at South Bend). Paredes has legit game power and handles himself well at SS, although I think he will likely eventually end-up at 2B or 3B (maybe not this year, but down-the-line). It is possible that Paredes will get assigned to Eugene (and skip AZL) next month, and I would say he's the only one of the Cubs 2015-16 IFA position players who could.
Having been a mediocre HS player, I would think at a professional level - and in their 20's - doesn't it sound actually FUN to have a chance to play different positions in a 162-Game, uber-long season?
It has to take some of the monotony out of the job and keep you on your toes.
In fact, the best manufacturing floor job satisfaction training theories include job rotation as a way to improve employee satisfaction.
I hope Maddon can keep it going.
(It's usually KK, because his DNA is more like ours.)
Not just Maddon, but the organization as a whole. If the rumors are to be believed, they did a good job of letting Baez learn that he needed to change his approach, and Baez has done a good job listening to their instructions an adapting. Hopefully the same is true of Alomar, who is ripping up AAA.
Previous management teams haven't been as good at this (e.g. Corey Patterson).
Man, this team makes you greedy. Going into Pittsburgh -- with Cole vs. Hammel Game 1 -- I was hoping for 2 out of 3. After winning the first 2 games 14-3, I now want a sweep. Same thing happened in STL. Very, very fun.
Repeating myself, but I give Maddon a lot of credit for Baez's success. Instead of talking about monster HRs and high K totals, he has talked up his defense, versatility and being a "special" player. The kid seems to have responded.
BOB: The attendance has taken a big hit since you left.
K-DUB: I think the Cubs might consider skipping Dylan Cease past South Bend and starting him at Myrtle Beach next season, especially if he gets some time at South Bend this season and pitches well there. As a southern kid with TJS history, pitching at Myrtle Beach in April is probably a lot more attractive than pitching in South Bend, but Cease can't go to Myrtle Beach if he isn't ready for Hi-A.
His story makes him someone I completely root for to succeed but it's interesting that he's not succeeding in the way anyone thought when he was just a prospect. Great defense and contact instead of power. I think failing so glaringly and getting sent back down might have been the best thing for him and his ego.
He still swings at too many balls out of the strike zone but he's making a lot more contact on them which I think is helped by the less violent swing. So we might not get all the HRs we were expecting but I'll gladly take what he's giving.